Hot Dog Octopus
Transform a regular hot dog into an octopus by slicing the bottom 2/3 of the hot dog into tentacles with a sharp knife or a pair of scissors. Push the uncut third of the hot dog onto a skewer or stick and let kids roast the octo-dog over the campfire. The tentacles will begin to curl as the hot dog cooks, creating a realistic octopus appearance.
Baking bread on a stick over a campfire fire (pictured above) might sound impossible, but it can be easily accomplished with a can of refrigerated biscuit dough. Open the can and give each child one of the raw biscuits. Show them how to roll the biscuit between their hands to form an 8-inch-long snake. Wind this dough snake around the end of a long stick or skewer to form a spiral shape. Bake the biscuit over hot goals or hold it up above the fire to prevent burning. The biscuits are finished when they are golden brown.
S'mores are a traditional campfire dessert that can be updated by using alternative ingredients. S'mores usually consist of a roasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. Create a s'mores banquet for children by setting out a variety of flavored graham crackers, fudge striped cookies, miniature peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and marshmallows. Children can roast their marshmallows and then assemble their own personalized s'more. Young children might not be able to roast marshmallows, but they can enjoy choosing the ingredients for their s'mores.
Apple Pie on a Stick
Instead of roasting marshmallows over the campfire, try roasting a healthy Granny Smith apple. Adults will need to push a sharp stick through the center of the apple so that it can be roasted. Let children roast the apple over the fire until the skin of the apple begins to sizzle and appears to hang loosely from the apple. Adults should carefully remove the skin from the apple at this time as it is extremely hot. Roll the hot apple in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar and then continue to cook it over the fire a few more minutes. Let the apple cool before eating to prevent burns.